Reporter for Business Week magazine.
Microsoft urged the government to "remove caps that bar entry into the U.S. by high-skilled immigrants," about three weeks before announcing its first companywide layoff, according to a report in BusinessWeek.
The request, part of a policy brief written in June 2008 and posted to the Obama-Biden Transition Project Web site in early January, does not represent a new stance for the company, which has long lobbied for changes in U.S. immigration policy around high-skilled workers. But its posting on the new administration's transition Web site came at a sensitive time, against the backdrop of layoffs -- which hit a "significant number" of guest workers at the company -- and pressure on Microsoft by Sen. Chuck Grassley to retain U.S. citizens over similarly qualified guest workers...
The BW article is from Moira Herbst (see this for the to-be-expected pun). Note also that there might be something else involved to make Grassley angry: MS apparently dropped plans to build a call center in his state. That doesn't, however, make him wrong.
Moira Herbst of Business Week - a magazine that's promoted profiting from illegal activity - offers "The Immigration Fight Gets Ugly" and, yes, it's terrible. She only offers one example of that "ugly", and it's not a good example since it's just an allegation:
Atlantic Scaffolding, which employs nearly 400 at a Pascagoula (Miss.)-based Chevron (CVX) refinery, has let go at least eight workers this month. The company says some workers were laid off for economic reasons, and others may have been terminated for just cause. But at least three of the workers have filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging they lost their jobs because of their Latino ethnicity. The workers say although they are legally eligible to work, they were fired on July 2, following the July 1 implementation of a Mississippi state law cracking down on undocumented workers and their employers... Brandon Munn, a spokesman for Atlantic Scaffolding, denies the workers were let go in reaction to the law taking effect. Chevron declined to comment on the allegations against the contractor.
In addition to approvingly quoting Frank Sharry, she approvingly quotes "Bill Chandler, executive director of the Jackson (Miss.)-based Mississippi Immigrants' Rights Alliance (MIRA)" (yourmira.org), who - needless to say - paints a dire picture. MIRA (not to be confused with the more famous group in Massachusetts) is a coalition of labor and other groups (Laborers International Union, NAACP, Bricklayers International Union, etc.) Their homepage solicits those who have "suffered discrimination from S2988" to contact them. They link to the SPLC in their sidebar, but discovering whether they have more tangible links to that or other questionable groups isn't known. Their board president is state Representative Jim Evans, also with the AFL-CIO and the SCLC.
The article also serves as yet another example of corrupt business interests joining with corrupt far-lefties in opposition to what the majority of Americans favor.